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July 11, 2013

Police seek help in death investigation

TAHLEQUAH — Investigators are trying to piece together the death of a 38-year-old Northeastern State University professor found dead in her Tahlequah home May 31.

Authorities say Dr. Tiffany Rene Maher failed to show up at an academic conference in Kansas. An NSU police officer discovered her body at her home.

Court documents indicate Maher’s home had been set on fire from the inside. Details in a document filed by Tahlequah Detective Jeff Haney indicate the person who set the fire tried to burn Maher’s body.

“We got the call that she was found on a Friday, but we believe she had been deceased for several days,” Haney said Wednesday. “Since her signs of death were not obvious, we are having to wait for a report from the state medical examiner.”

Haney and Detective Elden Graves are meeting with officials from the state medical examiner’s office as the investigation progresses, Haney said.

“We believe there are people out there who know more about this,” Haney said.

“We’ve talked to a lot of people, but there’s just nothing solid that has developed from that yet,” said Haney.

Haney said there were no signs of forced entry into Maher’s home, leading investigators to believe the last person in her home was likely someone she knew.

Josh Newton writes for the Tahlequah Daily Press.

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